Ed grew up on a dairy farm in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. He trusted in Jesus Christ as his only God and Savior at age ten. It was not until his college years, however, that he learned how to study the Bible and help others in their spiritual journey. As a result of this opportunity, Ed aspired to a cross-cultural ministry in the university while using his academic preparation in environmental engineering. After obtaining the PhD at the University of Michigan, Ed devoted twenty-five years in this calling along with his wife, Laurie, including the last fifteen years in Cairo, Egypt. When the older of their five children moved to the U.S. to begin university studies, Ed and Laurie began praying about moving back to the U.S. to be nearer them and to invest themselves fully in the church versus Ed giving so much of his time to engineering academics. In Summer 2013, Rockwall Bible Church called Ed to serve as senior pastor. “It’s been a privilege to minister among believers who have a genuine desire to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ as well as serve Him.” Ed is committed to expository preaching of the Scriptures. He has a particular burden for making disciples, beginning in the home; to enable men via motivating and equipping them to disciple their wives and children. Ed and Laurie are the parents of five children: Jonathan (married to Hannah), Samuel (married to Lydia), Maryellen, Elisha, and Martha. They feel very at home in Texas where they first came 25 years ago for Ed to complete a degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. His spiritual gifts are teaching and exhortation. Ed also likes to laugh, sing, read, spend time with his bride and children, and discuss history, theology, ministry, Egypt, and current events.